News Release

Testimony Before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Federal Lands Subcommittee

On March 16, 2017, Denis P. Galvin, former Deputy Director of the National Park Service, represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands at the Oversight Hearing on Identifying Innovative Infrastructure Ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Click “Read More” to see his full testimony.

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Testimony for Committee on Natural Resources

We urge the Congress to make the investment necessary to appropriately fund the parks – to make them great again. We believe that the National Park Service is worth the investment. It is an investment in America’s future that protects our special places and provides tens of thousands of jobs for those who live nearby. The 300 million people who visit our parks each year will be grateful. Click “Read More” to read Phil Francis’ full testimony for the Committee on Natural Resources on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.

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Recent Court Decision to Benefit Parks

“The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, to a $1.3 million fine for the dumping of oily waste at sea. . .In addition to the $1.3 million fine, U.S. District Judge Coughenour ordered a $200,000 community service payment to be shared between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.”

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Success Story: Mojave National Preserve Protected by San Bernardino County Decision to Deny Permits for Soda Mountain Solar Project

On August 23, 2016, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors denied issuance of key discretionary permits for the Soda Mountain Solar project under the California Environmental Quality Act. Soda Mountain Solar is proposed to occur less than a mile from Mojave National Preserve, where it would cause major unmitigated impacts to the preserve and the surrounding desert region. Click “Read More” to see how the Coalition’s work led to this success.

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Coalition Opposes Proposed Energy Facility Near Joshua Tree

The Coalition has voiced concerns about an energy company’s plans to convert two abandoned open pit mines into a massive “pumped storage” hydroelectric energy facility on 2,500 acres near Joshua Tree National Park. The project would draw 28,000 acre-feet of water – enough to supply 40,000 homes for a year – from the Chuckwalla Valley aquifer, likely causing adverse impacts in the park. Click “Read More” to see our letter to California Congressman Raul Ruiz.

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Success Story: Disaster Averted at the Grand Canyon

Citing strong public opposition to a proposed commercial development near the southern boundary of Grand Canyon National Park, the Kaibab National Forest Supervisor recently announced her decision to deny a road easement request that would have enabled the massive construction project. Click “Read More” to learn about the Coalition’s involvement in this issue.

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Coalition Comments on Proposed Changes to Cape Hatteras ORV Rule

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 included a rider that required NPS to consider a variety of changes to the 2012 final rule for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. NPS has published an environmental assess (EA) describing the proposed changes, all of which favor increased ORV access at the Seashore. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments on the EA.

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Park Institute of America To Inspire Stewardship For Future Generations

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks is announcing the establishment of a Park Institute of America. The institute is a collaboration with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and will be located on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina. The goal of the Institute is to engage in broad conversations about the importance of parks and protected areas as a vital component of society. The Institute will advocate for parks and other important natural and historic places through public education and will make practical recommendations to advance public policy.

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Big Concerns Regarding Proposed Big Cypress Backcountry Access Plan and Wilderness Study

Recent management plans at Big Cypress have mischaracterized the Preserve’s legislative mandate and shortchanged the amount of eligible wilderness in the 1988 Addition to the Preserve. A proposed new backcountry access plan and wilderness study (plan/study) for the original Preserve appears to be headed toward the same shortcomings. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments on the preliminary alternatives newsletter for the plan/study.

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Coalition Supports Proposed Changes to Virginia’s Powerline Approval Process

The Coalition has joined forces with conservation and historic preservation groups to support legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates that would better protect historic resources by strengthening the State’s requirements related to approval of new high voltage transmission lines. Click “Read More” to see our joint letter to the Chair of the Special Subcommittee on Energy.

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